Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi (right) exchanging gifts with the German Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Hon. Gerd Muller
|Story by George Sanzila
Windhoek - Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi has appealed for German expertise for parliament to successfully meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs.)
Hon. Katjavivi made the appeal today (29/08/19) when he met the German Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Hon. Gerd Müller who is visiting Namibia. The Speaker noted that SDGs implementation form part of the mandate of parliament through its oversight function. “It is our duty to make sure that these goals are achieved by working in a collaborative manner with government agencies in a systematic way and through our oversight function. We would want both our MPs and staff to play their part. This is the reason why we would like you to share your expertise in achieving this”, implored Hon. Katjavivi.
It became apparent during the meeting that arrangements were already underway for the German government to assist in this regard.
The SDGs that replaced the Millennium Development goals (MDG’s) in 2015, contain targets that are aimed at ending poverty, inequality, injustice and tackling climate change among many others.
The goals are important in achieving social justice and ensure the welfare and improved living standards of all citizens.
Hon. Katjavivi further noted that the German Parliament had already committed to assist the Namibian legislature through capacity building. “We have already signed an MOU highlighting things we can do together. The German Parliament has opened doors for young Namibians to do internship programmes. It has also committed itself to capacitate our research division including the usage of ICT so that we become a paperless institution”, noted the Speaker.
He mentioned the recently concluded children’s parliament as one of the achievements of the Namibian parliament. “We had over 90 learners from all the regions coming here as members of parliament and debating important issues related to their wellbeing. The purpose of this exercise was to inculcate the values of democracy in our young people”, noted Katjavivi.
Hon. Muller concurred with the Speaker adding that Namibia was seen as a model for other countries. He further stated that it was important for both countries to resolve the genocide issue. “I hope we can come to a conclusion regarding the negotiations. This is a history we cannot ignore but we need to find a lasting solution”, said Muller. Hon. Katjavivi shared similar sentiments noting that healing the wounds of the past would open up more opportunities for both countries.